A recently published report blew the lid off the sugar industries (successful) conspiracy to switch the blame on obesity and health problems solely on the shoulders of fat. During the 1960s they went on the offensive, using every dirty tool in the book, Big Tobacco’s book, to be exact. Paying off scientists, fudging statistics, and aggressive propaganda marketing all proved effective as they had both the government and the public believing that sugar was not only okay to eat in large quantities, but healthy.
Paying to Blame Fat
The uncovered sugar industry memos and documents revealed how they transferred their health labels of being a cardiovascular risk and obesity contributor onto saturated fat, in particular. According to the report, John Hickson was the sugar industry’s pitbull. He led the way towards lobbying and bribing scientists who had the most influence on public opinions. Hickson tapped into America’s most prestigious institution, Harvard University, to have research papers published that showed that sugar was safer and healthier than fat.
All it took was a measly $6,500 (about $50,000 in today’s dollars) to get what he wanted – to have positive PR in the form of the most trusted scientific journals – and the rest is history. Decades of this type of propaganda proved to be successful, changing the minds of even the likes of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
The resulting train wreck
It is no coincidence that in the same span of time since then, America has suffered an epidemic of Type II diabetes and associated ‘lifestyle diseases’. As anyone who has followed weight-loss systems in a never-ending cycle of lose-regain, lose-regain can attest, a low-fat diet creates hunger. Hunger sabotages diets. Look at the carbohydrate load, and in particular, the sugars, on any ‘diet’ food, and you’ll see why there is a direct link between dieting and Type II diabetes. That is, if you understand what causes the latter. But that’s a subject for another post.
For now, ask yourself – if sugar is so safe, why did the industry need to bribe scientists to shift the blame for its risks somewhere else? And if fat is so bad, why did the scientists use the same type of studies to prove it that they had rejected when refuting bad news about sugar?
For most truths, there are exceptions. In this case, the exception is of course trans-fats. There are, in fact, bad fats, just as there are good (in moderation) sugars. To reverse the awful effects years of low-fat dieting may have had on your health, you must educate yourself about both. For more about fat in general, read the blog post The Truth about Fat. For how all this works in your body, see posts in the category Diet, Hormones, and Diabetes.